BEREA, Ohio--Robert Griffin III thinks he made the most of his time on the field, despite playing only five games this season and wants to return to the Browns in 2017. Griffin is due a roster bonus of $750,000 in March and has a $6 million salary for next season.
“I think to not play a lot of football in two years and finish the season the way we did or the way I did personally, I feel good about it, but I am not satisfied at all," Griffin said Monday. "I am going to go into this offseason hungrier than ever ready to prove it all over again because that is what you have to do every single day. I do not think anybody has ever said I have been afraid of hard work, and it is never going to change.”
Griffin said he wants to return to the Browns, but is aware of the general feeling about his play.
"That's like I said, I want to be here," he said. "But I think … I'm not an idiot. I know a lot of people were writing me off as a player, as a quarterback, saying I couldn't do it. And to go out and show that I can, I think that proves a lot of people wrong. But ultimately like I said, at the end of the (day) I want to win games.
"Right now I'm here with the Cleveland Browns and I love these guys in this locker room," he said. "And I want to help them win here. And if I don't get that opportunity, then that's out of my control, I've done everything that I can to this point with the cards that I was dealt to try to put the best foot forward and let the chips fall where they may."
Griffin started five games for the Browns and was 87-of-147 for 866 yards (59.2 pct.) with two touchdowns and three interceptions and a 72.5 rating. Griffin was the starting quarterback in the only game the Browns won against the Chargers, but he was knocked out with a concussion.
“You have to play the cards you are dealt," Griffin said. "For me personally, getting hurt early in the year was not part of the plan and not part of my plan, but it was a part of God’s plan and His plan for this team. Having an opportunity to come back late in the year and play and give us a chance to win and give myself a chance to show what I can do, I am grateful for that.
"I am grateful for the guys in the locker room helping me get to the point where I could play at a high level," he said. "You walk away and you to say, ‘Let God take care of the rest.’ It is out of my hands now. There is nothing I can do from this point forward. Just know I want to be here. I want to be here with these guys and turn this thing around.”
2017 Schedule Set: The Browns home and away games are set for 2017. Home games will be against the Jaguars, Titans, Packers, Vikings, Jets, Ravens, Steelers and Bengals. The Vikings game will be played in London, but will be considered one of the eight home games. Games on the road will be against the Texans, Colts, Bears, Lions, Chargers, Ravens, Steelers and Bengals.
Various Cleanups: Several players are to have surgeries or procedures to repair injuries. DB Joe Haden is to have a procedure on his groin muscles, while WR Terrelle Pryor is having a surgery on his middle finger on Wednesday. OL Joe Thomas said he might have a procedure on his knee, if the doctors think it will help him. OL Cameron Erving was on crutches and didn't know the extent of his knee injury when he spoke to reporters Monday morning.